7/5/08

Broccoli Bites

This week while I was grocery shopping I was walking past the frozen food aisle and although I typically walk quickly down that portion of the store (since I rarely buy prepared foods) a sale on 'broccoli bites' caught my attention. I love little 'vegetable bites' but don't make them often because I don't care to fry things too often nor do I like the smell of grease in my house (LOL... it's true, I admit!). So I bought two packages of the frozen bites already prepared and will enjoy them immensely I'm sure.

On the other hand, I do prefer the taste of homemade and you probably do too. So if you don't mind your kitchen smelling like hot grease for an evening, here you go. Homemade Broccoli Bites.


Broccoli Bites

3 eggs
3/4 c shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 c shredded Colby cheese
1 (16 oz.) box frozen chopped broccoli, thawed, and thoroughly drained
3 T crumbled bacon pieces
1 T diced yellow onion
1 T flour
Italian bread crumbs as needed



Drain thawed broccoli thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel. Beat eggs in a mixing bowl with a whisk until well blended. Add the spinach, cheese, broccoli, bacon, onion and flour. Stir together with a spatula until thoroughly combined.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Heat 3-4 cups oil in a fryer or deep pan for frying at 350ยบ.

Place the bread crumbs into a pie tin or shallow container. Scoop about 1 tablespoon of the broccoli mixture into the bread crumbs. Form each portion into a ball and coat it well. Place broccoli bites into the frying pan with space inbetween each so they don't touch. Fry for one minute, remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

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